Getting to know Jesus-The Birth of Jesus

21 Jan

Taken from the book by E.G White: Christ our Saviour.

Chap. 1

– The Birth of Jesus
In the little town of Nazareth, nestled among the hills of Galilee, was the home of Joseph and Mary,
who were afterward known as the earthly parents of Jesus.
Now Joseph was of the lineage, or family, of David; and so, when a decree was sent out for the
people to be taxed, he had to go to Bethlehem, the city of David, to have his name enrolled. This was a
toilsome journey, as people traveled in those times. Mary, who went with her husband, was very weary
as she climbed the hill on which Bethlehem stands.
How she longed for a comfortable place in which to rest! But the inns were already full. The rich and
proud were well cared for, while these humble travelers had to find rest in a rude building where cattle
were sheltered.
Joseph and Mary possessed little of earth’s riches, but they had the love of God, and this made them
rich in contentment and peace. They were children of the heavenly King, who was about to give them a
wonderful honor.
Angels had been watching them while they were on their journey, and when night came on, and they
went to rest, they were not left alone. Angels were still with them

There, in that lowly shed, Jesus the Saviour was born and laid in a manger. In that rude cradle lay the
Son of the Highest–He whose presence had filled the courts of Heaven with glory.
Before He came to the earth, Jesus was the Commander of the angel hosts. The brightest and most
exalted of the sons of the morning heralded His glory at the creation. They veiled their faces before Him
as He sat upon His throne. They cast their crowns at His feet, and sang His triumphs as they beheld His
greatness.
Yet this glorious Being loved the poor sinner, and took upon Him the form of a servant, that He
might suffer and die for us.
Jesus might have remained at the Father’s side, wearing the kingly crown and the royal robe; but for
our sake He chose to exchange the riches of Heaven for the poverty of earth.
He chose to leave His station of high command, to leave the angels who loved Him. The adoration of
the heavenly throng He chose to exchange for mockery and abuse by wicked men. From love to us, He
accepted a life of hardship and a death of shame.
All this Christ did to show how much God loves us. He lived on earth to show how we may honor
God by obedience to His will. He did this so that by following His example we may at last dwell with
Him in His heavenly home.
The priests and rulers among the Jews were not ready to welcome Jesus. They knew that the
Saviour was soon to come, but they expected Him to be a mighty king who would make them rich and
great. They were too proud to think of the Messiah as being a helpless child.

So when Christ was born, God did not reveal it to them. He sent the glad news to some shepherds
who kept their flocks on the hills around Bethlehem. {SJ 16.1}
These were good men, and as they watched their sheep by night, they talked together about the
promised Saviour, and prayed so earnestly for His coming that God sent bright messengers from His
own throne of light to teach them.
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
and they were sore afraid.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the
Lord.
“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a
manger.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one
to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the
Lord hath made known unto us.
“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when
they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
“And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But
Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke

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